“I can’t highlight enough my enjoyment of the course I attended. However, everyone I talked to in other courses found that their course gave them new insights into their planned analyses, almost unanimously agreeing that their time at Essex had left them with a deeper understanding of the methods they had either previously used or were planning to use in the future.”

“There is quite a large social aspect to attending the summer school; with a planned activity every night. I exclusively met nice people during my time in Essex, both during these activities and class. All of my class mates were motivated to learn and a joy to have worked with.”

“Perhaps one of the most enjoyable aspects of the Essex Summer School is bringing together students from all over the world, with most students studying in Europe and a few further afield. This collision of students all coming together from different backgrounds gives Essex a great feel of being part of a worldwide group of academics, leading to discussions of different approaches to research, PhDs and teaching as well as more general discussion about each other’s lives.”

“Every lecturer I had the opportunity to talk to were not only very friendly and polite but also interested on what each individual student was studying in their PhDs, Masters or as a post-doc. These lecturers were happy to discuss thought on how to approach research questions I have, and would often engage in discussion about hypothetical questions to help us develop how we approach different research questions. The Essex Summer School is a gathering of people that are all focused on how methodology of quantitative methods in the social sciences is developing and want to help guide the next generation of researchers in that journey.”

Matthew Moore
PhD Researcher, University of Stirling